COVID-19: Some schools halt matric balls to avoid risk of infections

The coronavirus pandemic has seen many schools cancel their matric balls this year. Some schools plan to live-stream their farewells to allow families and pupils in other grades to witness the event. eNCA's Tshegohaco Moagi has spoken to a few schools in Gauteng. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The coronavirus pandemic has seen many schools cancel their matric balls this year. 

This comes after an event at a Cape Town pub which led to 90 cases being recorded.

The basic education department has also warned against these types of events.

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"There are two risks to this, the first one is that you could organise a gathering where learners are at a high risk of being infected and when they are infected then it means they will not be able to write the exam for as long as their results indicate that they are positive," said education spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga.

"The only time they will be allowed to sit in an exam will be in May and June in 2021. The second risk is that the focus will be too much on these parties and move away from the real work, which is the revision."

Some schools plan to live-stream their farewells to allow families and pupils in other grades to witness the event.

Source
eNCA